How to Make Cordage


Next to having a knife, cordage is probably one of the most important items you can have, with it you can make fire, shelter, snares and trotlines. Knowing how to make cordage from different materials is an excellent survival skill to have and could save your life someday. In the video below Bland County Survivorman shows you how to make cordage and goes over some of the materials you could use to make cordage in a survival situation. So check out the video below and then give it a try.

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How to Make Black Powder

Black Powder
Here is an excellent video by Bland County Survivorman showing you how to make black powder from charcoal, flowers of sulphur, potassium nitrate and yes stale urine. The video also shows you how to make one of the ingredients charcoal, which can be used for many things. If you attempt this please remember to use caution when handling black powder and do so at your own risk; it is explosive and very dangerous.

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How to Make an All-Natural Antiseptic Ointment

Homemade Antiseptic

Today I am going to share with you how to make an all-natural first-aid antiseptic that you can easily make at home. This homemade antiseptic has excellent antibacterial properties to treat everyday cuts, scrapes and abrasions just as you would with any tube of over the counter ointment.

Antiseptic Ointment 



Ingredient Properties

  • Tea tree oil: antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial
  • Lavender: analgesic (pain relief), antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial
  • Lemon: antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial
  • Coconut oil:  anti-inflammatory properties
  • Vitamin E: Skin healing vitamin


Grated Bees Wax

Step 1. Grate 1-1/2  ounces of beeswax using a cheese grater or just slice thinly with a knife.


Coconut Oil and Bees Wax

Step 2. Add 1 cup coconut oil and the grated beeswax to a pot.


Heating Bees Wax and Coconut Oil Melted Bees Wax and Coconut Oil

Step 3. Heat the coconut oil and beeswax over a low heat or double boiler until in liquid form. Once in liquid form remove from heat and add the tea tree oil, vitamin E, and essential oils and stir briefly.


Homemade Antiseptic Ointment

Step 4. Pour mixture into sterilized jars. You can use baby food jars or mason jars. Let cool on counter. To sterilize jars either boil for 10 minutes or run through your dishwasher.


All-Natural Antiseptic Ointment

Step 5. Store in a cool, dark place. Use as needed on any cuts, scrapes and abrasions. Lasts for approximately 4 years shelf life.


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How to Make a Soup Can Forge

Soup Can Forge

This video shows you how to make a simple and very inexpensive tabletop forge from a soup can and a plaster lining. The forge runs off of a common propane torch that you can buy at any hardware store. So if you have been wanting to try making your own knives or tools, check out this excellent video by Nighthawkinlight and make one yourself.

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The Key to a Razor Sharp Blade – Knife Stropping

Knife Stropping

The key to getting your blade from sharp to razor sharp is stropping. What’s stropping? Basically all stropping is, is polishing your blades edge to remove the micro-grooves on it.  David from Ultimate Survival Tips not only shows you how to strop your blade, but also how to make your very own knife strop in this excellent video below.

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DIY Tactical Car Seat Back

Tactical Car Seat Back

Yesterday I posted some cool tactical seat covers on our facebook page, and after a few comments from some of you, I came up with a cool idea to make a cheap tactical seat back from a vest I had. To make this all you need is a cheap tactical vest. Then remove the back of the vest from the front and attach to your seat with some paracord loops and two small bungee cords. Since the vest came apart with straps and velcro there were no major modifications. The molle webbing on the back of the vest lets you attach pouches and accessories. Even though this is cool to have and great for a BOV (bug out vehicle), I would never leave my firearm vulnerable to thieves likes this.

Tactical Vest Front

Tactical Vest Back Removed

The back removed from the vest.

Bungee cord attachment

Attach with small bungee cords.


Tactical Car Seat Back

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DIY Cheap & Easy Slip Float

Slip Float

If you spend a lot of time fishing then you know how effective a slip float can be for certain applications. This homemade, DIY slip float is not only just as effective when it comes to catching fish, but a lot cheaper too. So check out the video below by Intense Angler to see how easy it is to make. Also if you never used a slip float before check out the additional video I added to show you how to set up and use a slip float, you can also learn how tie a bobber stop knot here.

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DIY ULTRA Compact Pocket Stove – With Built-in Pot Stand!

Ultralight compact emergency stove

If you’re looking for an ultra compact stove to keep in your bug out bag or to take along hiking then this is it. Intense Angler shows you how to make this ultra compact, and highly efficient alcohol stove that fits easily in your pocket, and even has built-in pot stands that are detachable and pack away conveniently inside the stove. The stove is made from a Nivea Cream container and a couple of common items that you can find at your local hardware store.

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How To Treat Lice Naturally With Essential Oils

Treat lice with essential oils

Lice can be a real nuisance, and if you have children in public schools, then you probably have had an encounter with these nasty little bugs at one time or another. So the next time you encounter these nasty little creatures, try some of these all natural alternatives using essential oils to treat and repel lice. Check out the article from our friends at below.

How to Treat Lice With Essential Oils

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DIY Chicken Feed Indicator for PVC Chicken Feeder

Chicken feed indicator for PVC feeder


Today I decided to make a feed indicator for the PVC chicken feeder I made recently. If you decide to make the feeder I made, I highly recommend adding this modification before you do step 4, or it will be a pain in the arse attaching the plate to the bolt. Basically all this indicator consists of is a bolt, with a round metal plate attached to it, that is uneven in weight. So when you fill the feeder, you hold the flag up and the feed will keep the flag raised until it drops below the plate. Keep in mind I am no engineer, so it was trial and error and some steps have no measurements, but I will inform you what I did to make it work. So lets get started.

DIY PVC Chicken Feeder

Materials Needed:

12×12 inch 18 gauge piece of sheet metal

1/4 inch metal/rubber cable clamps. Qty. 2

1/4 x 5 – 1/2 inch Hex Bolt. Qty. 1

1/4 – 20 nuts. Qty. 3

Ceiling fan weights.

Self tapping sheet metal screws.

Tools Needed:


Drill bits.

Tin Snips

Screw Drivers.


Step 1.

Find the center of your 4 inch PVC pipe. Next measure 4 – 1/4  inches up from your center marks on each side to mark your drill holes.  See pictures below.

4 inch PVC half marks

4 inch PVC drill hole measurements


Step 2.

Next drill out both marks with a 9/32 drill bit. Make sure to clean off any burrs, and then slide your 5 – 1/2 inch hex bolt through the holes and make sure it spins freely.

4 inch PVC drilled


Step 3.

On this next step I started out with a 3 – 3/4 inch circle but later on I found I had to trim it quit a bit to account for the side to side bolt play. The plate kept hitting the sides of the PVC and binding, so you might want to go with a 3 – 1/2 inch circle. I also didn’t have any specific measurements for the flag I kind of winged it. Once you have both drawn out on your sheet metal cut them out with a pair of tin snips. Then drill a 1/4 inch hole in the flag as shown below. Now is also a good time to paint your flag a bright color.

Sheet Metal Flag and Circle Plate

Flag cut out.


Step 4.

For this next step my neighbor gave me some cool clamp on weights, she said they were for balancing fan blades. Now I don’t know where you can get these, but they do sell ceiling fan blade weighs at home depot that are stick on. So you can skip cutting out the top part of the plate and just stick on a ceiling fan weight. I made this cut because the weights were sticking out to far and they hit the inside of the PVC pipe. Also the cut I made on the bottom of the plate, I just recommend cutting the 7/8 inch line straight across. So start buy finding the center of the circle plate you cut out in step 3, and then measure down 7/8″ and cut that line off. See the pictures below.

Circle plate measurements

Circle plate first cut

In this picture I had to cut off the two sharp corners at the 7/8″ mark. See picture below.

Final Plate Design

This is what the plate ended up looking like when I finished.

Fan Weights

These are the 5 gram fan weights my neighbor gave me.


 Step 5. 

Next lay your 1/4 x 5 – 1/2 inch hex bolt with two 1/4 metal/rubber clamps across the center line of the plate. Then mark your two clamp holes and drill them out. I used two machine screws with lock nuts to attach the clamps but it was a pain to tighten once attached to the bolt. I recommend using some self tapping sheet metal screws instead and just drill two small pilot holes for them.

Mark Clamp Holes

Drilled Clamp Holes

Rubber Clamps

Here are the clamps I used 1/4 inch, purchased at sears hardware.


Step 6.

Next attach the clamps to the plate loosely with two self tapping screw. Just start the screws don’t tighten them all the way.

Final Plate Design


Step 7.

Put the plate inside the 4 inch PVC pipe then slide the bolt through the PVC pipe and the clamps on the plate. Once the plate is nice and centered on the bolt tighten the two clamp screws.

Plate attached


Step 8.

Next thread two of the 1/4 – 20 nuts onto the hex bolt. tighten the first one as far as it will got then tighten the second nut to the first. Next attach the flag and the final 1/4 – 20 nut but don’t tighten yet.

Flag attached.


Step 9.

Next you want to have the plate vertical with the weighted part up. Now align the flag so it is up too, now tighten the nut to secure the flag. When you hold the flag up now the plate inside should be vertical with the weights facing up. When you release the flag it should drop.

Flag aligned


That’s it for the feed indicator. When you fill the feeder just keep the flag up, the chicken feed will keep the flag in position until the level of feed drops below the plate. You can now continue onto step 4 of the feeder I built here. You can also use this indicator with any 4 inch pvc chicken feeder that you may have designed.


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